Jan Budar Movies

Jan Budar Movies


2009  
 
A man makes a dangerous deal in hopes of saving his wife in this period drama from director Marek Najbrt. It's 1938, and Hana (Jana Plodková) is a Czech actress who has been enjoying considerable success on the stage and the screen until German forces invade the country and take control of the government. Hana is part Jewish, and under the new Nazi regime, her future as an actress (and a Czech citizen) is in doubt. Hana's husband, Emil (Marek Daniel), is a radio journalist who loves his spouse but has been secretly jealous of her fame and success; members of the Axis propaganda agencies are impressed with Emil's skills as a reporter and announcer, and they recruit him to help convince his listeners of the wisdom of the new leadership. Emil agrees, ostensively to help protect his wife; however, as he becomes a rising star among the Nazis, she's now dependent on him for her continued safety, a situation she can barely stand. As Emil becomes more powerful, his relationship with Hana begins to crumble until a simple mistake on his part puts both of them in grave danger. Protektor was the Czech Republic's official submission for the Foreign Language Film awards competition of the 2010 Academy Awards. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Starring:
Jana PlodkováMarek Daniel, (more)

2008  
 
This offbeat slice-of-life chronicle - a seriocomedy with darkly comic moments yet sad thematic undercurrents - hones in on the quadragenarian Václav. A sufferer of mild autism who lives with his mother, Václav finds himself relegated to black sheep of the local village; its residents mock the poor fellow and dismiss him as an idiot. Meanwhile, Václav's brother, Frantisek, competes with him relentlessly, both for the devotion of their mother and for the affection of Frantisek's lover, Lida. In time, their competition degenerates into a violent criminal act that lands Václav behind bars - and puts him at the mercy of brutal fellow prisoners. Soon, Václav discovers that he is dying; this devastating news prompts his mother to attempt to summon amnesty for her son by appealing to the president and the local villagers. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi
Starring:
Ivan TrojanEmilia Vasaryova, (more)

2008  
 
A guy with a passion for jazz tries to find room for his musical dreams in this comedy set in Czechoslovakia in the early Seventies. Martin (Lubos Kostelny) has a dead-end job at a water treatment plant and a wife who is expecting a baby, Marfa (Tana Pauhofova). Martin's job doesn't bring in as much money as he needs, so for the moment he and Marfa are living with her folks (Marian Geisberg and Jana Olhova), who make no secret of the fact they don't like him. One of Martin's few joys in life is music; he's a serious jazz fan at a time with the Czech government barely acknowledges the existence of the music, and he plays his saxophone whenever and wherever he has the chance. For Martin, one of the few upsides to living with Marfa's family is the presence of her brother Zofre (Marek Geisberg), a slacker who also loves jazz and plays guitar. After jamming together, Martin and Zofre decide to form a combo with another local musician, Ivan (Jan Budar). Martin wants nothing more than to play music for a living, a goal that seems far out of reach, though it certainly impresses enough attractive women to compensate, and he falls into an affair with a sexy younger woman, Anca (Dorota Nvotova). Muzika (aka Music) was screened as an official selection at the 2008 Karlovy Vary Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Starring:
Lubos KostelnyTana Pauhofova, (more)

2007  
 
The long-anticipated seriocomedy Empties constitutes director Jan Sverak's third installment in his trilogy on aging that commenced with The Elementary School (1991) and continued with the beloved Kolya (1996). The filmmaker's father, Zdenak Sverak, stars as Josef Tkaloun, a curmudgeonly middle-aged lit teacher who grows exhausted from instructing his demanding, occasionally obnoxious students, and opts to take a hike - into an early retirement. Though his wife, Eliska (Daniela Kolarova) (to whom he has repeatedly been unfaithful) continues to tolerate his insensitivity, Josef quickly recognizes his own need for a daily grind, and thus heads into a series of random occupations, including bike messenger and bottle retriever in a grocery store. The latter proves particularly colorful, introducing Josef to a host of eccentric and occasionally funny co-workers. Meanwhile, Josef makes feeble attempts to set his hyper-devout daughter (Tatiana Vilhelmova) up with a crass former coworker (Jiri Machacek), and lapses into lusty fantasies about the headmistress of his former school (Nela Boudova) - endangering his marriage in the process. At the time of its release, this film reportedly netted a greater profit than any movie in Czech history. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi
Starring:
Zdenek SverakDaniela Kolarova, (more)

2007  
 
When twelve recovering drug addicts attempt to kick their habits in a makeshift rehab center in the Czech countryside, the secrets and lies that seethe under the surface find tensions building up like a pressure cooker in director Robert Sedlácek's emotionally jarring drama. Three counselors are in charge of the unstable addicts, and all participants are expected to follow a stringent collection of rules and guidelines. Recently arrived addict Roman (David Svehlik) is looking to clean himself up, and the first task for new arrivals is to jump into a freezing cold lake. While Roman does complete his icy initiation, it quickly becomes obvious that there is formidable tension between he and community member Milan (Jiri Langmajer). It seems that everyone in the group has their fair share of secrets, and Roman's arrival has sparked some dormant memories buried deep in the mind of former hardcore junkie Tom (Igor Chmela). It seems that Tom's friend Dasa had recently died of an overdose while strung-out Tom sat helplessly by. But as the clouds in Tom's drug-addled memory slowly begin to part he begins to suspect that Roman, and perhaps Milan - who was Dasa's boyfriend at the time of her death - may have played a malevolent part in her untimely demise. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Starring:
Jiri LangmajerDavid Svehlik, (more)

2004  
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The often uncomfortable bonds of family intersect with the wary political and social allegiances of the Czech Republic following the collapse of the U.S.S.R. and the end of Soviet occupation in this drama from director Jan Hrebejk and screenwriter Petr Jarchovsky. Goran and Milan (Zdenek Suchy and Jan Budar) are criminals who, while ferrying a truckload of illegal aliens into the Czech Republic, discover that one of their cargo has misplaced a baby; looking to turn a profit wherever they can, they sell the lost child to Lubos and Eman (Marek Daniel and Pavel Liska), two petty thieves who run a black-market adoption agency. Among Lubos and Eman's clients are Miluska and Frantisek (Natasa Burger and Jiri Machacek), a barren and lonely couple who are unable to adopt due to Frantisek's criminal record, which amounts to a bout of drunken foolishness during a soccer game. Meanwhile, Martin Horecky (Petr Forman) is a Czech expatriate living in Australia who comes home for a visit following the death of his father, who abandoned the family before Martin was born. Circumstances prove not to be especially welcoming for Martin; his mother (Emilia Vasaryova), who has become poisoned with race hate, invites two guests for his homecoming dinner, a half-sister he's never met (Kristyna Liska-Bokova) and her mother, who was once Martin's girlfriend (Ingrid Timkova). ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Starring:
Petr FormanEmilia Vasaryova, (more)
 
 
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